Michigan dog attacked by 300-pound black bear 

Dog recovers after attack by 300-pound black bear

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mich. — A Michigan woman saved her dog from an attacking 300-pound bear.

Heather Willobee let Lucy, her 8-year-old dog, out for the end of the night Saturday when something seemed out of the ordinary, WPBN reported.

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“I could see her in the light and I knew she was coming but I also knew she wasn’t coming alone and that something big was right behind her,” Willobee told WPBN.

There was a 300-pound black bear running after Lucy.

“This whole time I’m thinking, 'This bear’s not right, this bear’s not right, but I have to save my dog,” Willobee told WPBN.

Willobee was able to get Lucy inside to safety. However, Lucy was injured. Willobee needed to take her to the veterinarian but they had to get past the bear first.

“Normally you can bang pots and pans or yell at them and they’ll run away but this bear was not doing that," Willobee said.

Willobee pressed the panic button on her truck, then scanned the yard with a flashlight. Seeing the coast was clear, she ran to the truck with Lucy. The bear returned as Willobee placed Lucy in the passenger seat, WPBN reported.

“It didn’t move. It just kept eye contact; I kept eye contact and I was just like 'I don’t have time for you, bear. I need to save my dog,'” Willobee said.

Willobee slid into the driver seat and took Lucy to the veterinarian. Lucy needed surgery for her injured body, shoulders and paws, WPBN reported. She was released Monday from the vet’s care and is recovering at home. A GoFundMe account was set up to help pay for Lucy’s medical costs.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recommends removing bird feeders during this time of year.

Willobee agrees.

“Bring your feeders in," Willobee told WPBN. "No one would ever expect something like this to happen to their dog.”

FILE PHOTO: A Michigan woman saved her dog from an attacking 300-pound bear.
FILE PHOTO: A Michigan woman saved her dog from an attacking 300-pound bear. (272447/Pixabay/272447/Pixabay)